Shrewsbury Winter Festival | In Conversation with Rupert Bennett

Shrewsbury Winter Festival

In Conversation with Bennett & Dunn




Rupert Bennett & Tracey Bennett



Directors of Bennett & Dunn, which means chief cook and bottle washers.


In three words describe Bennett & Dunn’s products: 

Quality, Tasty and Healthy

Bennett & Dunn Rapeseed Oil and Dressings 

How did your business start?

After watching James Martin on Saturday Kitchen using a cold pressed rapeseed oil, we thought we could do that. How hard could it be? It turned out to be very hard but 3 months later we produced the first oil, and a month after that we got our first order.


Have you got a favourite Bennett & Dunn recipe and can you share it with us?

Pan Fried chicken Breast in our Chilli and Garlic Marinade.

In a very hot pan add a table spoon of our chilli and Garlic Marinade, then add some cubed chicken breast, add a pinch of salt and pepper, cook for 4/5 minutes on a very high heat.

Serve with some bitter salad leaves, Bacon and Avocado dressed in our classic Vinaigrette.

New potatoes dressed with butter, salt and pepper.

Swifts ciabatta lightly toasted.

It takes as long as boiling the potatoes and tastes divine.



What is your favourite part of the business?

Definitely the shows and markets, they are opportunities for us to get out and talk to people about what I do.

Bennett & Dunn 


With all that has been achieved in your business so far, what are you most proud of?

Producing our cold pressed rapeseed oil which is probably the best quality in the UK.


What are you looking forward to most about the Shrewsbury Winter Festival?

Meeting customers old and new and extoling the virtues of our wonderful oil and dressings.


What are your plans for Christmas?

Sleeping, eating great home cooked food and of course socialising with good friends.

Quick Fire Get To Know You Questions:


Favourite Colour? British Racing Green


Favourite Food? Sea Food


Favourite tipple? Banks`s Mild and Bitter Mixed, Tracey loves good red wine


Socialising and of course our dog Poppy

Favourite place to visit in Shropshire?

Stokesay Castle near Ludlow

What do you want Santa to bring you for Christmas this year? 

A big bag of money !!!!!!


You wil find Bennett & Dunn with Buy-From Shropshire at this year's Shrewsbury Winter Festival. Take a look at their fantastic new website or find them online with Buy-From Shropshire.